That's a picture I took from my living room window here in Chicago; that's what I look at when I'm not watching or writing about sports.
I know a lot of the other writers here at Bleacher Report have taken the time to do this at one time or another, and now it's my time for the gushy "thank you" piece.
While I'll be posting my BCS Championship pick and analysis tomorrow, I just wanted thank everyone here at Bleacher Report for everything that they have done and for making my first College Football season here something I will never forget.
While I can't possibly name everyone, I think it just starts with the guys who founded and run the place and continues with the other writers, the readers, and the people who just lurk and never register here at all. You are all a part of what has happened here this season.
I know in a few days this place will look like a ghost town when the dust has settled. It will probably look a lot like when I first got here, just a handful of writers writing about college football and a lot less readers than we've been used to, especially lately.
It's been a pretty crazy ride.
I can't thank everyone enough, not just for the camaraderie and community that we have here, but for what the exposure here has done for my own site, The College Football Place, where I have gone from three visitors in my first week (which was just a few months ago) to about 250,000 visitors in December alone.
While not all of that traffic has come from here, the exposure in getting my name out sure hasn't hurt.
I can safely say that it's gone beyond my wildest dreams not just for this season, but for the long-term of what I ever expected the site to be.
So what's up for the offseason? I am going to continue writing about college football and have two books I'm currently working on. I also have several new sports sites that will be live in the next few weeks. That's where you guys come in.
In the new format of my sites, I have plenty of room for people to contribute articles, or even have a weekly or daily contribution, if that is what they are looking to do.
My next site is college basketball, and with well over 300 teams, there is no way I can possibly cover all of that myself. After that will be baseball and pro football, which are both going to have fantasy sections as well as the picks and analysis that my college sites have. The primary focus will be analysis, and while I like to chime in with my opinion here and there, we just like to keep it real.
I am not asking you to leave Bleacher Report, by any means. Hey, I'm still here, aren't I?
What I have found is that by writing content for my site and for Bleacher Report, it becomes a win-win for everybody. You get more exposure, Bleacher gets more quality content, and who knows, in the end you might make a few extra bucks, as it's a tremendous growth opportunity.
What I am saying is, it gives you yet another avenue to get some exposure and to have a territory and area that you specialize in. If it's something you are interested in, please visit my site and contact me, or you can leave a note on my board here.
I certainly didn't want to turn this post into a classified ad, and it's not meant to be that way. It's my way of thanking all of you for all that you have done for me and for all of the enjoyment I have gotten here that I plan on continuing with in the future.
Visit Mitch anytime at The College Football Place